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Vol. Firefighter Pleads Guilty to 48 Fake Suicide Calls

Vol. Firefighter Pleads Guilty to 48 Fake Suicide Calls

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The Greeley Tribune via YellowBrix

February 02, 2010

GREELEY, CO – A south Weld County volunteer firefighter pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant in a case in which she was accused of making 48 phony suicide and ambulance calls.

Caryn Sodaro, 44, who lives in Lochbuie but was a volunteer firefighter in Hudson, took a deal just a little more than a month after her arrest. She’ll be sentenced in March. She faces a sentence from two to six years, which will be at the judge’s discretion, meaning she could be sent to prison, community corrections or get probation.

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She told investigators at the time of her December 2009 arrest that she was “depressed and thinks of suicide,” according to court affidavits. The 48 calls, mostly involving anonymous threats of suicide, sent police or ambulances scurrying to various south Weld towns, including Fort Lupton, Lochbuie, Hudson, Firestone and Frederick.

Following her arrest, Sodaro was booked into the Weld County Jail on suspicion of attempting to influence a public official, false reporting to authorities and resisting arrest.

After many of the calls, the caller’s phone number suddenly changed, affidavits stated. Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Lupton and Lochbuie police found that the new telephone had been purchased at a store in Brighton. From that store, they traced the cell phone to Sodaro.

The cell phone that was used in some of the calls was found in Sodaro’s bedroom.

Sodaro told the police “she utilized the (radio) pack-set she got from the Hudson Fire Department to monitor the law enforcement responses she got to her calls.”

Sodaro was suspended from her volunteer duties at the Hudson Fire Department after her arrest. She had volunteered for roughly three years.